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I am an Accredited Investment Fiduciary at Bay Capital Advisors, an investment firm headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA. After retiring from Truist Bank, I started this firm to work more closely with a smaller number of clients, and it has been great! Our client load is about 25% of the national average.

Writing is not for the shy or the meek. It exposes a person’s mind and character. I hope you enjoy the view.

The opinions expressed in The Flinchum File are those of the writer, Jim Flinchum, and do not necessarily reflect those of Bay Capital Advisors, LLC

Economic Diversity

As a longtime member of the National Association of Business Economics (NABE), I look forward to their quarterly surveys. It is important to know when my thoughts are in the economic mainstream . . . or not. Their just-released survey is interesting. I have never seen less agreement at NABE. Take your choice: continuing economic expansion, severe recession, or a modest recession or “soft-landing” —…

Present, Arms!

As a proud card-carrying “child of the Sixties”, it seems unnatural to respect anything or anyone. Worse, even if you do, it still seems unnatural to show it. However, I cannot hide my respect for the people of Ukraine, who have fought so bravely and have suffered so much at the hands of Russia. I respect the Ukrainians greatly and salute them! In the Army,…

Too Good To Be True

Friday, the Department of Labor released its monthly reports of jobs created last month. It was a great report but too good to be true. Analysts expected about 185 thousand new jobs, as the economy slows down due to higher interest rates. To everyone’s surprise — no, I mean to everyone’s shock — 517 thousand new jobs were created last month. While that is not…